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While job candidates often spend a great deal of time worrying about how they appear to interviewers, smart applicants should realize that the selection process begins way before the formal conversation. As this article notes, treating an administrative assistant correctly could be the difference between a job offer and a pass.
Why does the opinion of a receptionist or other admin matter? Employers are increasingly putting an emphasis on how well a new hire will fit in with company culture. Administrative professionals are well-acquainted with office dynamics and can be keen judges of which prospects would thrive and which would not work out.
Also, interviewers are well-...Read More »
In a perfect world, we would all be at the top of our game every single day—and would totally impress our boss and co-workers alike. But let’s face it, in the real world none of us are at 100% every day. There will inevitably be days when you are worn out, distracted or just not feeling capable of giving your best effort. Often this will cause us to feel like we have “foggy brain” syndrome, where we are walking around in a daze.
Unfortunately, we can’t afford to just sit there in a trance for the whole day (or until our brain gets out of its fog), so we have to find ways to function anyway. This article shares a few tips.
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- Five Tips to Jump Start Your Job Search [YouTern]
- Worst Work Habit: Compulsive Email Checking [CBS news]
- Tips for Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety [Psychology Today]
- Is Working from Home Productive? [Lifehack]
- Style Strategy for Work [Forbes]
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In 2001, the National Secretaries Association changed its name to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Many people believe this term better reflects the greater responsibilities and necessary knowledge needed to perform the role successfully in the modern office.
As this Forbes article notes, however, the word “secretary” is making a comeback. Some attribute the resurgence to the television show Mad Men. Others wonder if we’re trying to harken back to better economic times during which office social structures were simpler. Whatever the reason, the IAAP reports that for the first time in 20 years, the percentage of admins using the...Read More »
We’ve all heard of the “old boys’ network” in which men help one another make connections and formulate ideas. Taking a cue from their camaraderie, women are starting to create their own all-female support systems. Journalist Pamela Ryckman explores this movement in her new book Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business. Here, she shares some suggestions on constructing your own girl-power group:
“You don’t need to be famous or well-established to create a Stiletto Network. When women unite early in their careers they’re more likely to steer each other toward promotions and opportunities, counsel each...Read More »
If you are like many office professionals (and computer users in general), you probably use various Microsoft Office products on a regular basis. In fact, it may be nearly impossible to do your work without them.
Of course, these days you use many different types of devices to work and communicate. And that means you have to try and figure out how to access these programs when you aren’t near your computer.
Fortunately, CloudOn can solve this problem. It puts Microsoft Office on all of your devices. So you can, say, create Excel spreadsheets or PowerPoint presentations from your tablet. Or create, review and edit files from your smartphone.
CloudOn also gives you access to the files you already store in the cloud with Box, DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft...Read More »
- How to Dress for Success Today [LinkedIn]
- 5 Skills Every Woman Needs at Work [Huffington Post]
- How to Take a Stand Against Workplace Bullying [Glass Door]
- New Rules for Facebook Job Searching [Lifehack]
- Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Workplace [US News]
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Let’s call her Alice. Alice is a nice lady. She is pleasant and energetic, yet you find yourself taking the long route to your desk just so you can avoid her. Why? Alice is a chatterbox, and running into her can set your well-planned schedule back at least 15 minutes.
So are you doomed to avoidance tactics in order to not be rude but still get things done? No, according to Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster, authors of Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal. They suggest letting her know you care but don’t have time to listen at the moment. “The next time she approaches you, say, ‘I’d love to catch up with you later. Right now, I just need an answer to my question.” Another...Read More »
If you are a working mom, chances are you’ve heard one (or more) of the following: “I wish you could just stay home with me,” “Why can’t you come to my game?” “Is your job more important than me?” or “I don’t want to go to the baby-sitter’s after school.” Such statements can tug at the heart-strings of parents who are already feeling pressure to be productive at the office while juggling parental duties.
Take some comfort in knowing you aren’t alone. A survey by CareerBuilder reveals that more than one in four working moms say their children have asked them to work less. Doing so, however...Read More »
Adobe’s Creative Suite is a bundle of products that has been popular among business users (and lots of other people) for years. It includes the top-selling programs Photoshop and InDesign, which are useful for a wide variety of creative and professional projects.
But—after several new versions and upgrades of Creative Suite—there has recently been a big change to the program. Well, two big changes, really. First, it has a new name: Creative Cloud. That reflects the second change: the service will now be available strictly by online subscription.
Monthly subscription fees start at $29.95 and vary depending on whether you want access to online one specific Adobe product or the...Read More »